As soon as Second Cup opened its doors in Paphos a few months ago it was a big hit. This is one of a number of new ventures to open up in Paphos Old town and is a franchise outlet which started off in Toronto, Canada in 1975 and now boasts more than 400 cafés in 16 countries.
Facing the main street, Leoforos Evagora Pallikaridi, which runs through the centre of the town, the cafe has a great outdoor space to sit and watch the world go by.
A sleek and contemporary exterior and interior of glass and brick are inviting, and high ceilings and well thought out lighting add to an overall pleasing experience.
This is a comfortable venue. A wooden floor, blue sofas and an array of tables and chairs are dotted around the interior and a long bar with display cabinet copes with hundreds of orders a day.
Customers are given a vibrating token to indicate when their order is ready to collect from staff working flat out, and coffees (there are many different options to choose from including signature ones), are excellent.
After much deliberation, the sweets all look delicious, I tried the cappuccino and carrot cake, both of which were excellent.
Healthy and indulgent drinks and snacks are available depending on your mood and waistline. All sorts of sandwiches, salads and mouth-watering cakes and pastries are gobbled down at breakfast and lunchtime and the staff are friendly and professional, but, understandably, can get frazzled at times.
It can get busy here, especially at weekends, so be prepared to wait some time for your order during peak times, but it is worth it. The atmosphere is buzzing and this is a great venue to meet up with friends or work colleagues and a welcome place to stop off for sustenance when visiting the newly upgraded old town.
This sociable venue has been embraced by locals and is already popular with visitors to the area and it’s easy to see why.
Second Cup Paphos
Where: 69-73 Leoforos Evagora Pallikaridi, Paphos old town
Contact: 26 955800, www.facebook.com/SecondCupPaphos/